When the cold weather kicks in, coughs and colds start to spread. With the pandemic still fresh in our minds too, lots of us are looking for ways to help give our immune systems a boost this season. Your immune system is basically there to help you fight off illness. By far the best way you can boost your immune system is to lead a healthy lifestyle. That means cutting out unhealthy practices like smoking or drinking too much alcohol. At the same time, doing more of the good stuff like eating fruit and vegetables, and exercising either for weight loss, or to improve your strength.
Exercise is the best medicine
If you’re out of practice exercise-wise, then getting started again can feel like a bit of a slog. But the pain is worth it. Put simply, if you keep physically fit, you keep your immune system fit too. It works like this: every time you do some exercise – be it a simple home workout or some strength training – you increase your blood flow. This improves the circulation of white blood cells, your body’s main defence against germs. Just 15 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or resistance training is enough to keep these immune system supporters racing round your body.
Strength training, resistance training… how to work out at home
When you haven’t exercised for a while and it’s cold and miserable outside, it can be hard to find the motivation. The good news is that you can get back in the groove quickly by trying a simple home workout. You want to find a routine that gets you a bit out of breath and with your blood pumping. Strength training and resistance training are quite similar in that they both help with weight loss and improve your flexibility – both of which have a positive impact on your immune system. Here are two clever pieces of home workout equipment worth exploring.
Enjoy the ultimate elliptical cross-trainer with the Orbitrek Elite
The Orbitrek Elite elliptical machine gives you a really solid workout in less time. How? By offering two workouts in one simple machine. First and foremost, you get a great aerobic workout that burns calories, fat and helps to strengthen your heart and lungs. In fact our research shows that just one hour on the Orbitrek Elite can burn 800 calories – which is pretty good!
But as well as boosting your cardio performance, the Orbitrek Elite is brilliant for resistance-training. The variable resistance settings mean you can turn up the strength of your workout quickly and easily, helping to build lean lower body muscles and strong upper body muscles.
So, whether it’s a slow and steady cardio workout, or high-impact interval training, you can get the exercise hit you need with the Orbitrek Elite.
Try the Ab Doer 360
If you want to start a safe and relatively gentle home workout, that still gives great results, you should look into the Ab Doer 360. This clever ab toner not only helps with weight loss, but it builds your aerobic stamina, tones your muscles and strengthens your core. Even better, it does all this while you’re in a seated position. So, it means you can get into a simple strength training routine that will support your immune system, without ever having to get down on the cold, hard floor to exercise.
For more information on how we make getting fit fun, check out the complete range of Thane home workout equipment here.